UNITAS: In the PEAK of Fuel Economy

first_img United States and Latin American militaries participating in the UNITAS-Partnership of the Americas witnessed a first at the 2012 iteration of this U.S. Southern Command exercise: the presentation of energy efficient equipment and technologies adapted for tactical operations. During the event, conducted at Camp Blanding, Florida, from September 2 – 16, 2012, more than 1,500 service members from the U.S. and 10 Southern Command Partner Nations from South and Central America had the opportunity to attend demonstrations of the Pre-positioned Expeditionary Assistance Kit (PEAK), the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Networks (GREEN), and the Solar Portable Alternative Communications Energy System (SPACES). PEAK, in particularly, was purposely developed by a team of engineers under the coordination of SOUTHCOM’s Science, Technology and Experimentation Division to provide portable water purification, renewable power generation, communications and situational awareness capabilities that are key both in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in remote areas, as well as in real world military operations. The system was first tested at the end of 2011 by a group of Honduran and U.S. Military in Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-B), Honduras, a country that is frequently battered by merciless mudslides, floods, and other weather-related harshnesses. This time, in Florida, U.S. and Paraguayan Marines, as well as U.S. Army soldiers received a four-day training package on how to use the different capabilities that PEAK brings to the table, such as providing potable water from any water source to include salt water, renewable solar power, and communication networks that can save the day when water sources become contaminated as well as when power lines, phone lines and cell towers are down. This expeditionary system also provides Internet-based tools such as geomapping of pictures and messages to determine what resources are necessary to react to a particular problem, and determine where to focus the resources. The training was followed by a capabilities demonstration to senior leadership representatives from Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. The other two technologies presented at UNITAS- Partnership of the Americas were providing power to the forward Battalion Aid Station and Motor Pool Dispatch Office tents supporting the exercise. Both portable systems, SPACES and GREEN operate by converting solar energy into electrical power. According to Captain Mark Minella, with U.S Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH), both technologies have been employed by Marine units in Afghanistan to help decrease fuel consumption at forward operating bases. SPACES is a lightweight system composed of collapsible solar panels and batteries that can provide power for tent lights, laptops, and tactical radios, among other equipment. Its portability allows for recharging on the go, and cuts down on the need to take extra radio batteries into the field. On its part, GREENS is 300-watt, photovoltaic/battery system perfect for attaining a significant cut down in fuel use at larger sites. Both the technological demonstration and trainings at UNITAS-Partnership of the Americas 2012 were organized by MARFORSOUTH’s Logistics Division, in coordination with Headquarters Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office, U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command and USSOUTHCOM Science, Technology and Experimentation Division, which are all committed to look for ways to lessen the military footprint in the environment. “Our goal with PEAK and PEAK-like systems is to improve expeditionary capability. This includes the ability to forward deploy for contingencies with reduced footprint and low-cost infrastructure. Our efforts in this area, sponsored by the Department’s Science and Technology portfolio, is to look to the future to bring new and innovative concepts to improve the sustainment of operating forces while minimizing the requirements on fossil fuels and the impact on the environment,” concluded Juan Hurtado, director of the SOUTHCOM’s Science, Technology and Experimentation Depatment and science advisor to the command. By Dialogo January 09, 2013last_img read more

Auction fever set to spike

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago79 Bage St, Nundah provides plenty of options for its new owner.The property includes a renovatable colonial cottage which could also potentially be moved off the land to provide for a vacant development site, according to the marketing agent at Ray White Ascot, Damon Warat.“It’s a blank canvas.“I’ve had so many buyers want this one for all sorts of reasons. You could buy it and build four houses and they’d all have city views, or you could apply to build townhouses.”Mr Warat says this sort of offering is as rare as hen’s teeth.“They are not making any more land and if you could find a bigger block of land with city views this close to the CBD then you should buy it.”If that seems like a bit much to handle, there’s also 78 Fuller Street, Lutwyche up for sale.This circa 1900s cottage has had a bit of a facelift so you can move straight in to the three-bedroom home on its 610 square metre block.According to Place Ascot, there’s room for further renovation so you could take your time and add some value too.Stepping beyond Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast looks set for auction frenzy with Ray White running part two of its April Auction Action weekend.By this Sunday, Ray White will have conducted 50 on-site auctions right across the Sunshine Coast with a variety of property on offer including land at Mooloolaba, apartments in Maroochydore, acreage at Diddillibah and trophies homes in Noosa. Auctioneers will have plenty to do this Saturday in Brisbane. Photo: Darren England.Corelogic’s most recent Auction Preview report reveals 118 auctions are set to run across Brisbane this week, with many filling Saturday’s diary page.Residential auction market commentator at Corelogic, Kevin Brogan, said the traditional Easter Weekend lull has passed and activity is ramping up.Brisbane’s appetite for buying at auction is also on the rise, Mr Brogan said.“When you look at it in the context of where we were last year, it’s definitely showing a stronger pattern of clearance rates.“The news that we’ve had in the general market for Brisbane is that there is moderate but sustainable growth evident in the housing market in Brisbane.”Increased interest from out-of-town investors chasing relative affordability in Brisbane is also firing up the competition for locals, according to Mr Brogan.“Interstate investors from Sydney and Melbourne are more culturally accepting of auction as a method of sale so that could certainly be a potential factor.”Among the hot prospects on offer this weekend is 79 Bage Street, Nundah, a 1630 square metre site that’s a combination of four lots of almost equal size.last_img read more

An ex-display home in Townsville is reeling in buyer interest

first_imgLarge windows and doors fill the house with natural light and open up to reveal an expansive outdoor patio overlooking the pool, complete with a fountain. The house is on the market for $850,000 and is situated on a 643sq m allotment. “It’s at the top end of the market in terms of price and design, so it is definitely appealing to a particular type of buyer — probably someone who loves golf, given it looks out across the golf club.”The house features striking black bamboo flooring throughout the living spaces, with a white and black colour palette making it a blank canvas for stying. READ MORE Explore Property agent Giovanni Spinella, who is marketing the property, said the house had received interest from a number of serious buyers. “The house has been laid out with the master suite taking up the entire top level,” Mr Spinella said. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We’ve had a lot of interest, with genuine buyers coming through at the open homes. This ex-display home is on the market at 14 Signature Dr in Rosslea for $850,000A HIGH-END former display home is on the market in Rosslea’s Fairways Estate, with features exclusively designed by local building company Pro-View Homes understood to be attracting interest. The four-bedroom house was nominated in the 2019 Master Builders Housing and Construction awards which was held last Friday night at The Ville. READ MORE All the winners from the NQ Master Builders Housing and Construction awards last_img read more

‘It’s not fair’, says Solskjaer over FA Cup rest row

first_imgRead Also: Serie A: Juventus suffer title setback in thrilling Sassuolo draw“It was a big thing towards the end of last season that we felt our team wasn’t fit enough, we got a few injuries. This season we’ve not had that kind of a problem.“No, it’s not going to be a problem and a concern for us but 24 hours, 48 hours is a big difference at this time as well.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims it is unfair Chelsea have an extra two days of rest before their FA Cup semi-final showdown on Sunday. Solskjaer’s side face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday before returning to London three days later to play Chelsea at Wembley. While United endure that hectic schedule, Chelsea will have been resting since Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Norwich. United also played on Monday in a 2-2 draw against Southampton, with Chelsea in action at Sheffield United last Saturday. There is little opportunity for Solskjaer to rest players against Palace as United are chasing a top-four finish in the race to qualify for the Champions League. United are currently fifth, behind Leicester on goal difference and four points adrift of third-placed Chelsea. Solskjaer is concerned that United’s bid to reach the FA Cup final is being jeopardised by the fixture schedule.Advertisement “There is a concern, obviously, that they’ve had 48 hours’ more rest and recovery than us. It’s not fair,” Solskjaer told reporters on Wednesday. “We spoke about a fair scheduling going into this restart. Of course it isn’t. “But I have to think about Thursday. We’ve got to win that one, focus on that one, and then let’s pick up the pieces after that.” Solskjaer is adamant the semi-final is “irrelevant” when it comes to his selection against Palace at Selhurst Park. He believes United have the energy and drive to cope with the taxing programme despite fitness concerns over Mason Greenwood, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams. “We’ve not really played every three days – we will now, definitely,” Solskjaer said. “The next two weeks will be hectic but, then again, we’re fit. Very fit. Our lads have not felt as fit as this for years, I’m sure.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Clippers have a productive 4-day break planned

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “We need to get in the gym,” said Coach Doc Rivers, who has had a full complement of players on the court just once this season, in the Christmas Day victory over the Lakers – the only recent game that has left the Clippers satisfied with their effort.“We’re going to have that opportunity this week, we have four days off. That’s longer than the All-Star breaks that I used to have as a player, so we’re going to take advantage of a couple of those days.”“Time to get some guys’ bodies right, get your mind right, go back and get some practice in and be better,” echoed guard Patrick Beverley, who returned Sunday from a three-game absence due to a sprained right wrist. “We will come back and be better.”Expect the Clippers – who are 26-12 after having played the fifth-toughest strength of schedule so far, per ESPN – to dedicate significant time to shoring up their defense.Although they boast the eighth-best defensive rating in the league – allowing 105.8 points per 100 possessions – they struggled to slow the 15-22 Memphis Grizzlies (15-22), whose Jae Crowder burned L.A. for a season-high 27 points, or the New York Knicks (10-26), whose Marcus Morris torched the home team for a career-high 38 points. LOS ANGELES — By a twist of the schedule, the Clippers follow a spotty stretch of play – six wins and five losses in 23 days, including this weekend’s disconcerting split at home in which they allowed a combined 272 points – with a built-in reprieve.The Clippers won’t play again until Friday, when they’ll host the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Prime Ticket). That marks their longest in-season break beside the eight days during the All-Star break.And what are they planning to do on their mini-vacation?Practice. And rest. But, definitely, practice. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “You know you can’t win that way a lot,” Rivers said. “You can win a game with bad offense and great defense, but you’re not gonna win a lot of games with bad defense, because the other team usually guards you back.”There won’t be any pushback about that.“I mean, Coach is right,” said George, who finished with 32 points on Sunday but has averaged 21.3 points while shooting 37.7 percent in the three games he has played since Christmas.“I don’t think he’s saying from an offensive standpoint, but just an overall standpoint. We haven’t played well overall since that Lakers game. That Lakers game, we were locked in. We might not have shot the ball well or had good moments in possessions, but (never) at any point in that game we felt we were going to lose. That’s just how we’ve got to go out every game. We need to have that mentality. That’s what’s going to be the biggest thing from this group … I think that’s got to be the final line, we’re not going to lose.”‘UNDERGROUND GOAT’An eventful weekend included another heaping of history for the Clippers’ stars off the bench.Related Articles Together, Montrezl Harrell (23 points on Thursday against the Pistons, 28 on Saturday and 34 on Sunday) and Lou Williams (22, 24 and 32) led the Clippers’ second-quarter recovery Sunday – when they became the first reserve duo to both score 20-plus points in three consecutive games, according to Elias Sports Bureau, which has been tracking starters since 1970-71.Furthermore, according to Elias, Sunday’s effort registered as just the third time two teammates have both scored at least 30 points off the bench in the same game, and the first time it happened in regulation.Williams also added to his personal legacy: Already the game’s all-time leader in bench scoring and a three-time recipient of the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award, on Sunday he notched his NBA-best 200th game with at least 20 points off the bench.“Is it?” Williams said when he learned of his latest benchmark. “I don’t know, I kind of judge my career in hindsight, and so once you win three Sixth Mans, you can look back and say ‘I’m the underground GOAT,’ and having all of those … different records, you can look back and be proud of it. But I’m in the moment now, so I just want to keep building on everything.”last_img read more